Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th May 2013 23:35 UTC, submitted by kragil
Google Ars nails it: "The answer is that Google did announce what amounts to a fairly substantial Android update yesterday. They simply did it without adding to the update fragmentation problems that continue to plague the platform. By focusing on these changes and not the apparently-waiting-in-the-wings update to the core software, Google is showing us one of the ways in which it's trying to fix the update problem."
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RE[2]: Hiding the problem...
by rklrkl on Sat 18th May 2013 08:55 UTC in reply to "RE: Hiding the problem..."
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> ... once you want to actually make money from it you're in hot water as any person or company can take your code, modify it, and benefit from it without giving a damn thing back to you.

I suspect Red Hat would disagree with you on this one. There's several free clones (why I don't know - you only need one surely?) of RHEL such as CentOS, Scientific Linux, Oracle Linux etc. and yet Red Hat makes a very healthy profit.

> And don't go on about the GPL, there are plenty of ways around that one too if you're motivated, and cash is one hell of a motivator.

Nice to you see you don't care about any legal aspects and it should be noted that GPL is actually enforced legally (and extremely successfully - I don't know of any case where it lost, but I couldn't be wrong there).

> and so far Google themselves haven't made much from Android.

Except for the advertising revenue and, er, 30% of all Android app sales. That's probably quite a big pile there.

I think if you quoted Canonical as struggling for money, you might have had a better case - Ubunutu's download page now comes with a donation beg and the Amazon lens tie-up just smells of sellout/desperation.

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